Ten card set is 30% goalies, 100% mediocre.
The 1985-86 New Jersey Devils postcard set was very small, consisting of only ten cards. Allegedly, only 3,000 sets were produced. While I am not sure if this is true or not, I don’t think the demand for this set is going to raise its value anytime soon – you can probably find it in the $10-15 range.
Player selection 1 out of 5
Only ten players are featured in this set – and three of them are goalies. When you make a card of your first string goalie, your second string goalie and your third string goalie – and then just seven other player cards – it rings loud and clear that the Devils team from the ’85-86 season was pretty bad. The goalies in question – Alain Chevrier, Glenn “Chico” Resch and Craig Billington – each played in a fair amount of games for New Jersey that season – meaning that the team really didn’t have a clear number one (read: good) goaltender.
While there are cards of Kirk Muller and Mark Johnson in this set – as well as the Devils’ leading scorer Greg Adams – the other four players are not very notable: Paul Gagne, Perry Anderson, Randy Velischeck and Craig Wolanin. Gagne was at the end of his NHL career, while the latter three would not get featured on “real” hockey cards until the 90’s card boom, when practically every player – and not just the very best ones – would get a card.
What I don’t understand why some of the more exciting and well-known Devils – such as John MacLean, Pat Verbeek, Aaron Broten or Bruce Driver – were not featured in this postcard set. That would have made this set pretty badass…as badass as a ten-card set of a last place team could be.
Card design 2 out of 5
These are just postcards. The front is a photo of the player, and that’s it. No name, number, or logo.
Seven of the postcards use vertical photographs, while the other three use horizontal shots. The photos, for the most part, are action-oriented, which is actually quite good considering the time. Cards from the 1980s mostly featured warm-up photos, whereas these postcards feature some decent game action shots. Not the greatest action shots ever – just decent ones.
Stats & info n/a
The back of each postcard has the player’s name, date of birth, height, weight, position, hometown and an interesting fact about them (more on that in a moment). The postcards also have a “box” for you to put a stamp, as well as a lot of blank space to write an address and your message – these are postcards, after all. What better way to say “Hi” to your out-of-state friend than sending them a postcard featuring Perry Anderson, or Paul Gagne?
Alain Chevrier: Reason for playing in goals. “Older brother wanted to be a shooter, younger brother forced to be goaler.”
Chevrier played 226 games over six NHL seasons, so I guess he should thank his brother’s selfishness.
Paul Gagne: Scored 10 of his team’s 11 goals in a game the first time his grandfather ever saw him play.
Awwww…..nobody cares. Next!
Randy Velischek: Never lost a tooth in his minor hockey career – lost his bottom four in his second N.H.L. game.
Like he didn’t see that coming.
Kirk Muller: Scored 32 of his teams [sic] 33 goals as an 8 year old in a Toronto tournament.
An appropriate fact, as Muller would develop into a decent scorer for the first ten years of his NHL career.
BONUS: Top 5 cards
10 card set
Card Size: 3 5/8″ wide x 5 1/2″ tall
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